​​​​​​​UN official: Deteriorating situation in Syria is time bomb, should not be ignored

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned of a "time bomb" in Syria amid the escalation of attacks on the civilians and the violations of human rights.

ISIS and the mercenary groups of the Turkish occupation state are taking advantage of the world's preoccupation with the Corona epidemic (Covid 19) to launch attacks targeting the civilians in Syria.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that the Corona epidemic has opened the way for ISIS and other groups to carry out more attacks against the Syrian civilians.

"We receive more reports every day of killings and bombings by parties to the conflict against each other, with many of these attacks occurring in the populated areas. The deteriorating situation is a time bomb that should not be ignored," Michelle Bachelet said in a press release.

She noted that "the various parties to the conflict in Syria, including ISIS view the global focus on the Corona pandemic as an opportunity to regroup and practice violence against the population."

The United Nations' Human Rights Office documented an increase in killings of civilians throughout Syria during April, with at least 35 deaths due to attacks involving explosive devises, compared to 7 in the previous month. Since the beginning of March, the United Nations Office has registered 33 attacks with explosive devices; 26 of which occurred in the residential areas and 7 in the markets.

A truck explosion beside a market in Afrin in late April left dozens of victims, including at least 29 civilians.

The United Nations office said that most of the recent attacks in northern and eastern Syria have occurred in the regions occupied by the Turkish forces and their mercenary groups.

ISIS lost its last stronghold in al-Baghuz town east of Syria in March 2019, but its remains are still a challenge to the Syrian Democratic Forces and the US-led international coalition, as the Syrian Democratic Forces and the international coalition launched an operation against ISIS cells last week in Deir ez-Zor countryside.


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